Generally, I provided the group with an overview of South Carolina products liability law. Because of the nature of their business, I explained the concept of strict liability and how a retailer can face liability even if it did not have a role in the design or manufacture of a product. I also surveyed some of the food and beverage law from my recent holiday series (e.g., the exploding bottle cases, insect/animal in food cases) and explained the concept of a manufacturing defect. Finally, we wrapped it up with some discussion of what to expect if a products liability claim is brought against a retailer and best practices for preventing them and dealing with them. The audience had some great questions at the end of the presentation.
I appreciated the opportunity to speak to this group and hope to again in the future!